This earthen body is the heavens' light.
Its nimble ease, its speed, its purity
Are the angels' envy and delight.
The devil can't come near its lack of fear.
#75: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)